If you can’t attend, pretend.

Drooling over the 2017 Coachella lineup? Weeping because your bank balance says you won't be heading to Indio, California to catch Beyoncé, Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar… and film composer Hans Zimmer? We understand. "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em" doesn't really apply here — but "if you can't attend, pretend" (which we totally just made up) does.

You've got two options: compile your own epic playlist of present and past Coachella acts to listen to on repeat, or head to the Empire Hotel's Bistrotheque on January 14 for a celebration of the array of talent that has graced the fest's stages since 1999. A live set by Reckless at Tiffany's, plus the DJ stylings of Benrama, Pony Club and Linguine should help entice you. And then there's the roster of acts they'll be spinning.

Let's just run through a few of the folks that have played Coachella over the last 18 years, shall we? The Chemical Brothers, Beck, Tool, Rage Against the Machine, Weezer, Bjork, The Strokes, Oasis, Beastie Boys, Blur, The Cure, Air, The Flaming Lips, Iggy and the Stooges, Daft Punk, Kanye, Sleater-Kinney, Arctic Monkeys, Arcade Fire, Tegan and Sarah, Prince, Mark Ronson, Morrissey, Leonard Cohen, The Presets, Jay-Z, Faith No More, Sia, Gorillaz, Phoenix, Robyn, PJ Harvey, Childish Gambino, Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg, New Order, Wu-Tang Clan, OutKast, Pharrell, Lorde, The Pixies, AC/DC, Tame Impala, The Weeknd, Drake and Calvin Harris have all made the bill. Paying tribute to all that and more is going to be huge.

Published on January 09, 2017 by Sarah Ward

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